Strong Maha lineup is generating lots of attention - Omaha.com
go logo
article photo
article photo
Desaparecidos is, from left, Conor Oberst, Matt Baum, Denver Dalley, Landon Hedges and Ian McElroy. Photo by Zach Hollowell.


ROCK CANDY

Strong Maha lineup is generating lots of attention
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Maha Music Festival has something big.

As you probably know already, the festival announced its lineup on Sunday. It includes Conor Oberst, who has reunited his punk-styled band Desaparecidos, and alt rock group Garbage, who will count Maha as one of its only American tour dates in 2012.

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, a Nebraska native, will also perform and so will Icky Blossoms, a dance band that recently signed to Saddle Creek Records.

This lineup will sell a lot of tickets and may even sell out the festival. With two rare performers in Garbage and Desa, I expect quite a few people will travel to Omaha.

Just look at the popularity of our story about the Maha lineup. It was published Sunday night and by early Monday afternoon, The World-Herald’s article was picked up by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Paste Magazine and several other big online music outlets. It gained tons of buzz in one day.

My biggest hope is that Maha sells enough tickets this year that they will eventually be able to expand into a two-day festival rather than a one-day, all-day concert.

Aside from Desa, Garbage will also be huge. With all of the attention that band member Butch Vig has received recently for producing Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” coupled with the hype and attention being heaped on the band for reuniting and putting out a new album, Garbage is a pretty big name.

Oberst has reunited Desaparecidos before. In 2010, the band performed at Oberst’s Concert for Equality in Benson, which dampens this year’s reunion a tiny bit.

I also expect them to perform more than just this one show in Omaha, especially because they have debuted a new website and Twitter account.

After playing two new songs at a secret show on Monday, I’m confident they’ll make a new album. It’s wild that it took 10 years for that to happen, but Oberst’s been busy with Bright Eyes, solo albums and Monsters of Folk.

Icky Blossoms certainly deserves to headline the local stage. They’re going places, as I’ve said before. And with them headlining the local stage, it means they’ll be playing later at night, which will be perfect. Hopefully they work up the crowd before Desa and Garbage.

* * *

O’Leaver’s has a great show planned for Friday featuring Omaha band The Lupines, North of Grand from Des Moines and Dead Girls from Lawrence, Kan.


John Ziegler from Brimstone Howl teamed up with Mike Friedman, an amazing guitarist whose credits include playing for years with Simon Joyner, and bassist Mike Tulis from The Monroes to form Lupines.

The punk band debuted only late last year and hasn’t played many shows yet. This should be a great one.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

Read more stories by Kevin


Contact the Omaha World-Herald newsroom


Copyright ©2014 Omaha World-Herald®. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, displayed or redistributed for any purpose without permission from the Omaha World-Herald.

Latest Stories

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.


Nebraska's best bloody Mary is in a city that's not Omaha or Lincoln
Nebraska's best bloody Mary is in a city that's not Omaha or Lincoln

From the department of statewide food contests ...


Hanging out with the Omaha Rollergirls before a big match
Hanging out with the Omaha Rollergirls before a big match

When was the last time you took in some live, rough and rowdy female roller derby? Yeah, I figured it’s been awhile.


Midtown bar will open in new location Friday
Midtown bar will open in new location Friday

Midtown's Sullivan's Bar is set to open in its new location on Friday.


UNL students make dancing robot drones
UNL students make dancing robot drones

The idea is to converge disciplines without literally colliding on stage


For two full weeks, Omaha venues will overflow with indie rock shows
For two full weeks, Omaha venues will overflow with indie rock shows

Gather your tickets, call in late to work, and get yourself to the club. For the next couple of weeks, a surprising number of awesome indie rock shows hit Omaha venues. We're already wondering how we're gonna get enough sleep.


Dining notes: More Easter dining specials
Dining notes: More Easter dining specials

Two Midtown Crossing restaurants have Easter specials.


Nightlife notes: Storz beer is being served again
Nightlife notes: Storz beer is being served again

Storz Triumph Lager is back on the market after a brief hiatus.


The 15 best Record Store Day releases for 2014
The 15 best Record Store Day releases for 2014

On Saturday, more than 500 exclusive vinyl (and some CD and cassette) releases will hit the shelves at your favorite independent record stores for Record Store Day.


A baseball player was (falsely) convinced a teammate was deaf
A baseball player was (falsely) convinced a teammate was deaf

When it was it was finally revealed to Jeff Francoeur that Jorge Reyes wasn’t deaf, everyone had some good laughs.


 
Search
Movies Opening this week

Movie showtimes and theater listings






Read this!








VIDEOS

Tonight in Prime Time
© 2014 Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved